making a belly change….

Hey all!!! OMG, so please don’t shoot me!! I have been SOOOO busy and have completely neglected my poor little blog.  NO MORE… i am back!!!!!

I will do a quick write up about what i’ve been up to in the last few months….

but here is my new blog on my belly change!

New food rules for me!! I have been STTRRUUUGGLING with too much food at dinner.  It’s almost 99% more psychological than anything and I am sabotaging all of my hard work.  I heard Trish Blackwell (Trishblackwell.com PS> AMAZING podcastS!) talk about this on her podcast and I’m going to put it into motion… along with all of my other food revisions as well!

Now I just need to plan out WHAT I’m going to eat!?? Lol!

AS SEEN ON TRISH BLACKWELL’S PODCAST!

 HUNGER SCALE

0=starving

1=empty

2=ravenous

3=hungry

4=pangs of hunger

5=neutral                                 4-6 is my “GOAL” zone! and i will be okay if i hit a 7 for now!

6=satisfied

7=full

8=stuffed

9=uncomfortably stuffed

10=sick to my stomach

– See more at: http://www.trishblackwell.com/5-intuitive-eating/#sthash.UZFysw1m.dpuf

What are my other food revisions??

Well. Let met me enlighten!

If you’ve read my past posts, you know that I have issues with IBS, or so that’s what they tell me.  And I am convinced that is because they don’t know what else is wrong with me.  In all of my research, I really should do an elimination diet or the FODMAP to see if I get any relief, however, I feel like a three year old screaming “I don’t want to!”.  I really don’t want to give up anymore.  It’s hard enough being 30, and trying to have a social life and find what you can eat that doesn’t upset your stomach, or makes you look 3 months preggers, OR having to explain yourself EVERy time you eat in front of someone.

I have learned to be confident in my decisions with food.  It is what it is, I can’t change it!  So I am okay with it.  However, after about the third person questioning what you’re eating, or why you’re not eating, or looking at me crazy because I have to send my food back because the order came with croutons even though I asked for it without, can be exhausting! (Almost as exhausting as that sentence.  Wow, do I detect passion in my writing? Lol.)

I have gone through and had success with little pieces of diet plans!

First, I started with the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan.  BEST investment.  Because it really started to help guide me with my gluten free lifestyle.  I was able to integrate dairy free into the plan as well! Plus, losing those last pesky lbs didn’t hurt too much either!!!

To this day, I still follow that plan 80% of the time.  My only pitfall is squash at dinner.  And I usually overeat it!!

I have been going through the motions with the gluten/dairy free lifestyle for a while now.  I know that most people will say that stress and IBS don’t mix.  They don’t!  I had a little hiccup in a diagnosis gone array a month or so ago, and there was quite a bit of grief and stress related to it!  All is better now, however I think my stomach didn’t like my psyche too much during that time!

I did some more research and one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Koffman @ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/ was talking about her ebook one day.  The Gutsy Girls Bible.  If you struggle with any digestion issues, this is a great resource from someone who understands, and has gone through it.  Still going through it too, if you read her blog!

I started reading her book and I began to slowly eliminate things from my diet that way too… I have stopped eating avocados, tomatoes, I try to cook my veggies instead of eating them raw… I don’t eat peppers anymore (RIP salsa!).  However, for all that I gave up, the feeling of eating a meal and not feeling like I am going to float away after is worth the sacrifice!!

I have learned to identify my “triggers”, or foods that I know will show up in symptoms after eating them.

However, along with that ‘stress’ came some old revolving food issues for me.  I didn’t realize it until this Monday.  I have a disordered eating past.  I have definitely come a LONG way and will never return to not eating.  However, I still battle with my relationship.  I don’t think I’ll ever be cured, but just able to deal with it better on a daily basis.  AKA food can’t win.  It doesn’t control me. BUT, I sometimes slip.  And I have realized that I have been ‘overeating’ now.  This morning I woke up with food guilt for the first time in a few months.  And this past 6 months, I have had food guilt at least 3 times.  That’s 3 times too many in my book.  NO ONE should have food guilt.

Okay, so I guess I should back up…. do you know what food guilt is?? www.hercampus.com defines food guilt as a spectrum.  There is your basic food guilt where you indulge in a meal and feel horrible the next day.  Then there is a more serious situation, where after every single meal you feel excessive guilt, shame or potential regret.  When I was in my disordered eating phase, every meal had food guilt. It is no way to live.  No person should feel any bit of shame for eating a meal!  Or feel badly for fueling their body.  It took me a LONG time to get over that guilt, so even when it rears its ugly head in a non serious way I get cautious.

Well, when I realized this, I thought about what can I do to change it?  If I stay the same, then I will probably go down a path that I will not like myself for.  And life is just WAY TOO SHORT not to like yourself!!  So I have made a decision to try another technique!  This grade my hunger thing!  I am going to go back to eating my 6 meals a day, which I have sort of gotten away from, and I am going to gauge each meal!  Half way through, I will stop and ask myself, am I still hungry?  If I am, I will finish my meal.

I am also a psychological eater… is anyone else tricky like this?  I will take 1 serving size and make it into two.  I always feel more satiated if I eat two servings vs. one… even thought that two really is one.  Hey, it works for my silly head and belly!

So I will keep you updated on my new habit! And let you know how I do!!

In the meantime….

Have you ever suffered from food guilt?

 Do you play tricks on yourself to let you think you’re eating more, when you’re really not?

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My Shakeology Muffin!

I recently posted a photo of my Shakeology Microwave muffin that I make and I have decided to blog the recipe!

I make a LOT of crazy recipes and I never know if they taste good or not.  Maybe some of my other gluten free, dairy free folks can relate? But i feel like i’m so used to eating weird foods, i could eat cardboard and it would probably taste good!

I came up with my Muffin recipe because i am a psychological eater. I need to chew food.  I can have a smoothie, or even soups, but psychologically i don’t feel satisfied if there is nothing to “chew” on.  I almost always feel unsatisfied and will find something else to eat, defeating the whole purpose of the smoothie!  I don’t know if anyone else has this problem?  But i realized it in my reflection of my eating patternS!  Chewing means a meal to me!  😛

I gave the recipe to another one of my fav bloggers Sara from Workout Brussels Sprouts, and she liked it!  And then I finally convinced my dad to buy Shakeology and try it!

Shakeology is a protein powder/meal replacement shake that is sold by Beachbody.  I am a Beachbody Coach and really LOVE the product.  Being that with my IBS, veggies seem to cause flair ups, i know there are days that I don’t get enough fruits and veggies.  I also know that my body needs extra calcium, so i love that i can get that benefit as well.  I purchase the chocolate vegan flavor, as i cannot have dairy either.  It’s one of the best tasting powders out there for me.

I know that everyone has their own favorites, heck, i also have other over the counter powders that i love, ie. Sunwarrior Vegan Raw.  FAVORITE too!!!

Well, i was worried because i noticed my dad hasn’t been eating 100% great. I’m home and watch what he eats, and i had a sit down, heart to heart with him, that i’m already without a mother, i would prefer not to be a lost child, so he needs to start taking care of himself.  He figured it was worth a shot.  Well, to introduce him to it! I made him my Shakeology Muffin that i eat every morning.  He has A VERY PICKY PALATE.  For someone who is very “vanilla” and meat and potatoes, you’d think he has a side job as a five star critic.  I would get him cupcakes back in NY from places renowned for their bakery pieces, and he was respond “eh, it’s okay”.  I was a little nervous yesterday morning.  But, after one bite, he LOVED it!!  He loves that not only can it satisfy a nutritional need, but also the chocolate craving!

You’ve all probably seen recipes floating around the internet with different microwave muffins.  I actually got my base recipe from a few sites…  and it was more for my Protein Waffles.  I started to have trouble with bananas, which i usually use, and tried to substitute pumpkin puree instead.  It worked great!!  So…. here is my Shakeology Muffin recipe! And the best thing about it, IT’S EASY! i make it the night before and just pop it in to warm it up for breakfast!

1/4 C Egg Whites

1/4 C Pumpkin Puree (or a mashed banana)

1/4 C water, almond milk, or i actually like to use the flavor Polar Seltzer waters

1 Scoop Shakeology

I spray a little container with some coconut oil cooking spray, mix everything together and then pop it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Depends on your microwave!

Simple as that!!

I will sometimes add some flavor drops (i get mine from Netrition).  And i will usually top it with Peanut flour (i use Protein Plus Peanut Flour, also available from Netrition.  there is NO added sugar to that brand).

I have tried to use other protein powders and they come up “gummy’ after taking them out of the microwave.  Shakeology is by far the BEST tasting and consistency of them all with my recipe!

I’ve also used the Vegan Tropical too!  Great with fruit!

If you have any questions about my experience with Shakeology please feel free to message me!!

What is your favorite Microwave Muffin recipe???

What’s your favorite protein powder?

Les Mills Combat Review!

So i just finished my Les Mills Combat program! 🙂

 

My twin sis and I bought each other the program for Christmas.  Haha, side note, you know you have a fitness addiction when you buy programs as gifts!  I started the program at the beginning of the new year and just finished last week.

Having done TurboFire for the last few years, and having just finished P90X i was ready for a change.  I liked the Combat video i got with my PUMP series, so I was bursting with excitement at the chance to do this one.

My first few days were a little rough.  It’s always important to remember that when you’re staring a new program, it will take time to adjust to the moves, timing and sequences.  I, thinking I was all fitness queen, didn’t watch the how to videos.  BIG MISTAKE.  After the second class, I popped that one right in.  I don’t know if anyone else likes to get the most of their workouts, but I DO!!!  I wanted to be sure I was doing the moves right!

I got the full package when I ordered, so I had a bunch of DVDs, including the legs and arms.  I LOVE the variety this program has to offer!  It is not as high intensity on the legs as some of the other DVDs i’ve done.  STILL HARD though!  I honestly have never in my life had bicep sweat until I did these videos! My favorite one… the live 60!  LOVE that one!!

I also really enjoyed the HIITS.  They took me a little while to get the hang of them, but once I did I loved the challenge.  How does Dan do all of those Plyo Lunges so early?  My hammies always feel like bricks until 15 minutes into a workout! I really enjoyed how the group showed a variety of levels.  I never felt like I couldn’t do it.  And, as i said, i started to challenge myself.  By the end of the program, i was determined to get at least 10 tuck jumps with the burpees at the end of the Power HIIT!

One thing I really noticed was my abs.  They really “popped” in this 60 day series. All of the twisting really makes a difference.  And I really liked how I got technique that I was missing, or “skipping over” in my previous kickboxing workouts.  I started doing TurboFire again and I noticed that it’s a lot harder because now i’m more focused on my form!  Technique can completely change a program or more regardless of what you’re doing.

In terms of calendar, I followed it to a T.  I added a few days of legs and abs in with it as well.  The abs video is great because it incorporates a lot of planks.  Planks are, far and away, the BEST ab exercises.  It really challenges you to use your entire core.  That’s the one thing I really wanted to work on in this workout was my love handles and back bulge.  I didn’t focus that much on my back during P90X, well lower back, and i noticed that pocket over my jeans. I don’t have that anymore.  My core is as strong as I think it will ever be!

However, abs are always made in the kitchen!  I followed an entirely Clean diet.  Lots of lean proteins, greens, and I ate my Shakeology muffin every morning for extra protein and healthified yumminess!

The price point was great compared to some of my previous Beachbody programs!  This was was definitely doable for my bank account!

I will be hosting a challenge group coming up after ST. Patty’s day! 60 days! If you’re interested, let me know!  I’ll be doing it with one of my fellow girls, Sara!

Overall, i would totally 150% recommend this program!!  PLUS, who DOESN’T LOVE TO LISTEN TO ACCENTS!!!!!!!!

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The FItdamentals!

Just like kindergarten (or maybe even the womb at the rate kids are learning today!) we learn the fundamentals of our reading and writing… A, B, C’S!  that can also be put to the world of fitness.  We each have our own footprint for fitness.  It’s not the same, cookie cutter list for everyone though.  My list can look drastically different front the next!  This is also why we can’t compare ourselves to others, or 100% adopt another person’s fitness and eating plan and expect the same results.   Different bodies, different likes, different success!

Here are my ABC’s of my fitness! My FitDamentals!

A: Abs.  Abs, abs, abs..  What most girls seem to want and dream about.  My abs hid from me for a LONG time.  It wasn’t until I learned to eat better that they decided to peek out.  There’s still a work in progress.  I do abs for a number of reasons.  Yes, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to look good in a bikini, but I do them for stability.  I throw my back out at least twice a year due to a bad lower back.  Core is the key in keeping my back safe!

B: breakfast.  My favorite meal of the day.  Pancakes, muffins, waffles… you name it! I love them.  Too bad most of them are not gluten and dairy free friendly.  So I came up with ways to make them healthier, high in protein and actually easy to make!

C: Challenges.  I set challenges instead of goals.  I am a competitive, almost type A personality.  So if I challenge myself, I am more likely to succeed. I write them down, tell people about them, document them.  That way I hold myself accountable.

D: Deltoids.  My FAVORITE muscle.  Do you have a favorite muscle? I love my deltoids.  I work hard for them.  So they pay me back by looking so pretty!

E: Eat clean.  Eating Clean has completely transformed my life.  I not only feel better internally, but I see the results of the hard work on the outside.  Having a transformation (albeit small) makes it worthwhile, and provides much more drive to stick with it!

F: fats.  I love healthy fats! Avocados, tahini, almond butter, coconut butter, coconut oil… don’t fear the fat.  I find a way to use it in my daily plan.  BUT I, obviously, make portion control decisions.

G: Guts aka jumping with feet in.  This can also be a life fundamental as well.  I think it takes guts, cahones, really jumping in with no life vest.  There are things that will scare you in life.  BUT, if you don’t try, you’ll never get the chance to succeed.  I think I’ve mentioned it before, but the one thing I wish I could go back and tell my ‘younger self’ is “Eiren, if you never ask,  how can you get a yes… you’ll just get no’s”.  Got to have the guts to make the leap!  Yes, you might fall flat on your face.  I HAVE.  I get back up, perhaps have a little cry, dust myself off and move on.  Try again.  Hey, if anything you learn what not to do the next time around, right?

H: HIIT.  High Intensity Interval Training.  When this concept was introduced to me, I jumped at the idea of not having to do continuous exercise for 60 min straight every day!  My body has never been more fit.  And especially working at a desk job, I feel better knowing that I am burning longer than just that time with the DVDS.

I: Intuition.  List to your body and what it’s telling you.  If you feel hurt, don’t exercise.  If you have a stomachache, don’t eat the things you know will make it worse!  Usually your body is telling you something, you just have to listen!  Which we, as a culture, don’t always do so well!  If you’re tired sleep, if you’re hungry eat, if you’re thirsty drink! (I meant water… it’s not 5 oclock somewhere every day!)

J: PB & Jeggs.  Another lovely recipe creation I found this year.  All from Laura from Sprint2theTable.  PB & Jeggs!!  Egg whites, peanut flour and berries.  It sounds odd, but it’s amazing!!!!

K: Kickboxing.  My Soulmate workout.  It took me a long time to find something that I enjoy doing and will continue to do long term.  Kickboxing is it.  Whether it is in the form of turbo or martial arts.  I enjoy doing it.  Punch, Kick and Jamming makes me just feel more confident, stronger, and heck if I can get a little self-defense lesson in its good too.  SMALL AND PETITE, BUT MIGHTY!!! 😛

L: Lateral Raise.  This one goes along with the Deltoids.  Lat raises are my favorite exercise.  Be sure when you do them you keep your elbows at the same height or no lower than your wrists!  You don’t want to lift from your wrists!

M: Muscle.  Your body needs, loves and burns with muscle.  I lift HEAVY. I used to fear lifting. No more.  Women and men will build muscle differently.  Yes, my legs will build a little more muscle than the rest of my body, but I learned that going into it, and know what to and not to do.  No one wants linebacker thighs!

N: Nooch.  I love Nooch.  This is a new staple in my pantry this year.  If you are unfamiliar with “nooch” it is nutritional yeast.  It is amazing condiment.  You can buy it in flakes, I usually get Red Star or buy bulk.  I tried the powder, but it wasn’t the same.  It is a great source of vitamins, especially B-complex and is a complete protein.  It’s also a great cheesy flavor alternative to my dairy free lifestyle!

O: Orange.  I am saying this is a staple because I eat orange vegetables.  They seem to be my favorite. Squash, carrots, squash, squash, more squash! I have a serious love affair of the winter varieties!

P: Protein.  My body craves protein.  I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 9 years old.  And then after college, I sort of grew bored with chicken and turkey.  I stopped eating them for about 5 years.  Now, my body craves chicken and turkey.  I can go days without and and then, I stop right in my

Q: Quads.  My quads hate plyo lunges.  But that means that they aren’t strong enough.  That jelly feeling in them is a love/hate relationship.  Hate seems to be winning right now, but that just gives me a new challenge.

R: Recovery.  I am NOT good at this.  It is a fundamental that I just can’t get through my thick skull.  It’s like geometry for me! Never got that either! Our bodies NEED a day of rest to recover.  I am challenging myself to take a full day off of cardio, and then a full day off of lifting.  Alternating.  If I do take a full rest day, it will be one of active rest.  I try not to take rest days when I’m working because I have a desk job and sit almost 6 hours out of the day, and then 2 for travel.  Know your body and listen to your body!

S: Sleep.  Love it, Live it, can’t live without it.  I can go about 3-4 hours of sleep a night.  But whY?  I have adopted the early to bed, early to rise mentality.  I know I’m young, but I get up early for work, and I don’t want to sacrifice my sleep schedule.  So I try to aim to get about 7-8 a night.  It’s not only great for my mental well-being, but health as well.

T: Tracking.  I track my fitness.  I am actually a teambeachbody member, so I track my workouts.  I was tracking what I ate every day to make sure that I was EATING ENOUGH.  This is a HUGE misconception.  Our bodies NEED food to function.  If you’re working out, you need even more of the right foods to replenish and repair.  There are some great calculators out there.  I actually have a IG screenshot of one formula! It’s fantastic!

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U: Undergarments.  What you wear under your clothes and workout wear is just as important! There are somedays that I just don’t feel good, or I feel like I don’t look my best!  Those days, I turn to my YummieTummy Tank. www.yummielife.com/  It was the best sample sale purchase I made!  It helps to suck me in, make me feel like I can walk a little taller on those self-conscious days!

V:  Hahaa, I have to write this one because it’s only since I started lifting heavy and doing HIITs that I realized I use my VOICE.  I always used to laugh at the tennis players when they would yell or make weird noises after hitting a shot.  UM.. yeah, I do that!  I actually swear.  I’m not a cursing person by nature.  I actually have a 50’s housewife vocabulary when it comes to my swears.  But when I can’t breathe or my heart rate is out of the park, I swear.  Yup.. I have a voice!

W: Whites, as in egg whites.  I eat them constantly.  Heck, I usually find a way to incorporate eggs into almost every meal of the day!  I do eat a little yolk everyday though.  I read somewhere that 1 yolk/day is the max for cholesterol.  I still only eat like ¼ to ½ of one though.

X: this is sort of an “x” but example.  Being an example to others.  You will A. help others by encouraging them through your success (however small or large they may be!), but B. you will also hold yourself more accountable.  By putting yourself out there as an example to others, you almost always push yourself harder!  It wasn’t until I started using IG and blogging that I really started to 99% of the time hold myself accountable.

Y: YES!  Say Yes! Yes I can! Accept that you can do things.  Stop being negative and saying “NO” I can’t.  It’s like child development class.  We learned, you should refrain from telling a 2 year old no.  Restructure the sentence to make it a positive.  Do the same with fitness, nutrition and life!  MORE yesses please!

Z: zeggs!!!  One of my favorite meals that I learned from Instagram!  Zucchini and egg whites cooked like oats.  GENIUS!!!

Do you have any fundamentals? 

 

What are your ABC’s!!!  Feel free to pass it on!

OxO

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Happy New Year rung in with a little champs salsa!

Happy Happy Happy New Year!! (and I have to say, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY TWIN SISSY!)  We turned the BIG 3-0 yesterday. Yikes! hehe!

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I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful evening.  I what I wish, even more, is for a wonderful 2013 for you.  I was watching Piers Morgan the other morning and he had Pastor Rick Warren on.  Pastor Rick made a profound statement. Piers had asked him about the holidays and people who have had something bad happen.  Pastor Rick said that the easiest way to get over a bad memory surrounded by a holiday is to create a new positive memory.  I think that statement can be shifted beyond a holiday, and put onto the New Year.

New Year’s are blank slates.  We get to start anew.  No, we don’t erase our pasts, or forget the people that hurt us, struggles we had, or the ones we lost.  We will always carry those things in our hearts.  BUT, the important thing is to move beyond them.  Don’t let them control you, or those situations dictate your life.  You are the one that holds the key to your body, mind and soul.  Yes, I believe we have a bigger power who knows our master plan, BUT, we need to drive the car!  Without us driving it, we will stay in idle, neutral on a flat land.

A beautiful Tone it Up girl from IG, Stephytonesitup posted this photo yesterday and it was such a profound quote.

Write your next chapter… I am….

Well, okay now to my lil creation!  I think this is the first recipe i’ve come up with in a long time.  (i usually get into a habit and eat the same things day after day..)
I have the #elf4health challenge and Elle and Lindsay to thank for this one.  I was invited by my beautiful BFF and her hubby to spend New Years with them.  I wanted to make something that was healthy, festive, fun and something I could eat!  There are so few items on that list!

I came up with….

Watermelon Cranberry Champs Salsa!

2-3 cups chopped watermelon (seedless)1 c cranberries that I put in the Magic Bullet to chop
2-3 T jalapeno (diced, no seeds)
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup champagne
2 T lime juice
diced avocado (not shown)

Super easy! Mix!  Add the avocado at the end and serve!

Happy New Year!

Make 2013 Amazing!

oxo

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P90X final review and progress….

Hey all!!! I hope you all are having a safe day out there.  Weather has been a bit crazy as of late!!??? Tornadoes, storms, blizzards!  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh MY!

It’s snowing here today.  Perfect day to cuddle up (after a workout of course!)!!

I wanted to give a quick review of P90X, as last week was my last day of the 90 day Classic Cycle.

My Start shots aren’t great “start” shots because my start was about 7 years ago.  These are my progress photos post Chalean Extreme.

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I did really well with Extreme, as it is one of my favorite programs of all time.  Heavy weight and slow reps!  I feel like i’m safer that way with form.  Especially considering i’m sort of a klutz and get hurt easily.

So… anywho…here are my progress shots from P90X.

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Pros: This program is very simple to follow once you learn the basics.  You keep log sheets of every workout so you know how many and weight size weights you did for each move.  I HIGHLY recommend keeping this log.  It will help you not only during the quick changeover between moves, but also help you to PUSH past your last goal.  I had MANY a time when I saw my last push up number and said to myself “Eiren, you can go 5 more!” (yes, i talk to myself out loud when working out!).  Guess what, 9/10 i did the extra 5!  They weren’t easy, but I challenged myself.  I did the 12-15 reps as I was not looking to bulk.  Tony gives a great option for bulk vs lean for the users.

There is also a great variety in the videos.  You change them up every 30 days, so you really can’t get bored.  And there are two “rest” days, but one is yoga and the other is stretch.  So you give your body ample time to recover.  **Side note, i don’t take many rest days.  My rest days are a different form of exercise, like pilates or a less intense cardio.  I know that I can end up sedentary on days i’m not active, so i push to make sure i get some type of fitness in.  Even if it’s a good walk.

I liked the cardio videos from the dvds, however I found them a little less challenging than my TurboFire workouts.  If i’m going to give an hour of fitness, I want to KILL IT. If i put on the clothes, i MAKE THE EFFORT!  About 1/4 of the way through the program I switched and ended up doing a hybrid with TurboFire for cardio.

If you like to be entertained, Tony is a complete goof ball in the video.  He definitely made me laugh the first few times!  You can always put the video on prompt too, so you don’t have to hear them count.

Cons:  The videos are long.  If you have an hour a day, then I would do the classic.  Otherwise, you will be doing almost 2 hours of work.  It’s a LOT of dedication, but it’s totally possible if you have the drive and ambition to dedicate to it.  The other con is the ab ripper x video.  While this DVD is HARD.  I like to do more than one ab video per week. I did incorporate some of my other abs dvds into the mix.  Plus, i like to get some back work.  This is what I really enjoyed Core Synergistics.  The DVD was done during the “rest” weeks between sessions.  I loved to do it because my low back is always is need of strengthening.  I did notice a little increase in my love handle area… 😦  I’m working it off now!

The con i had was the damn pull ups.  This is A SELF-CON.  I was frustrated with myself because I couldn’t do them.  I ended up getting a back injury and then went to the bands on the door for that move. I also then injured my shoulder when we moved to Maine, so I don’t think my results are completely accurate because the push ups became really hard with a bicep tendon strain.  OVERALL:
Overall, I would grade P90X a solid A.  I think it’s a phenomenal program, and one that I will certainly keep in my library (a very large one) of fitness DVDs.  I probably will go back to it eventually.  I get bored easily, so that’s the joy of the Beachbody programs.  You can mix and mingle them.  It’s like dating! 😛 You never break up, you’re just on a break!
I think it’s a great program and would recommend it!!!!

What’s next for me?? Well if you follow my IG and Facebook, I’m moving onto Les Mills Combat w a hybrid of Chalean Extreme.  For my body type, i was in the BEST shape of my life doing Chalean Extreme.  So it’s back to that, and I will integrate it on the HIIT days of Les Mills Combat.

I am LOVING this program!  It is not as much tuck jumps as TurboFire, but it is NO JOKE!  I am covered in sweat post workout and am seeing my body lean right down… in 1 week!!

Happy progressing to you!!!

oxo.

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Have you tried P90X??

Are you always trying date new workouts?  Or do you like to stay with the same program??

Happy Holidays… and a wish…

I just wanted to take a brief moment this morning and wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season… It’s the end of the year which sort of makes me reflect back for all of the things i love and am thankful for in 2012…

They are as follows.

**I am so amazingly grateful for a supportive and loving father.  He has taken over a role that my mother held (and will always hold) as not only a parent, but a best friend.  He has supported me in my crazy life decisions this past year.  Even as scary and outlandish as they sounded.  A great dad knows when to encourage and challenge you, and even if you don’t do what he thinks is best… always stands behind you with love and a hug to help if you fall.

** I am so thankful for my sissy.  She is my other half.  We have grown A LOT, and as twins that’s not an easy thing.  You are always used to the way things used to be for 28 years.  Then you grow apart, and start new, separate lives.  I am thankful to know that even 3000 miles away she is still my twin.  Through thick and thin, bickers, tears and laughs she will always be my other half.

**I am beyond lucky for my best friends.  We have a very special relationship.  Maybe some of you can relate?  We spent 4 years of college together.  We have our own lives now, but we always come back together, like we never left.  They have been there for me, picked me up when i’m down, and taught me how to laugh again…. I love you girls!!!

PS, addendum to this one… i am grateful for being a pseudo-auntiE too!! Merry Christmas M, N and B!! I know Santa will be good to you all!!!! I can’t wait to watch you all grow up too!

**This one may sound weird, but i CANNOT thank my social media family enough!!  I feel like I have gotten to know so many people through the Tone it Up, #Elf4health, Fitness and SweatPink community on IG, twitter and facebook.  It is so encouraging to finally see women who support one another!!!  I also still can’t believe that Karena from Tone It Up called me!!  What a dork I was on the phone!! LOL!  Gobsmacked and flustered in my celebrity nerves! hehe!

**Thankful for a new job!!!!  SO excited that one is happening! Phew… was getting nervous there for a moment!

**I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there in the community! I can’t wait to start to meet new people and create new relationships around me. Happy people are social.  I have been a hermit for too long!

**While my experience in NY was one that I will certainly take as a stepping stone, I can whole heartily say that I am so blessed to have gotten to know such an amazing group of people.  I think I have a cheerleading squad behind me for life!  They are selfless people who have an amazing gift that they not only shared with the patients that we worked with, but me as a person.

Lastly, I am thankful for the memories… This is a different kind of year for my family as we have left behind a huge physical piece of my mother… our house.  But a house is just a house, 4 walls.  It’s the people inside of it that make it a home.  I have the memories that will lead me through and help to remind me what the holidays are all about…  Love, hugs, memories, laughs (maybe some fights if you talk politics, hehe), but really, it’s just about being together!!

Happy Holidays….

What will 2013 bring to be thankful for????

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What are you most thankful for in 2012?

What is something you would like to accomplish in 2013?